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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017


A Brief History Of Companies Courting African-American Dollars

Dove’s withdrawn advertisement is the latest example of American companies bungling ads for black consumers. By ELENA GOORAY Dove landed itself in a marketing mess last week when a Facebook advertisement for the company’s Deep Moisture bodywash struck some viewers as insensitive, even racist. In the video, released on October 7th, a black woman removes her brown shirt and transforms into a white woman in a peach shirt, who then becomes a South Asian woman wearing tan. Shortly after it was released, critics accused the ad of treating dark skin as dirty and undesirable,Read More

Black nurse sues after white patient asks for no black caregivers

By John Agar,  GRAND RAPIDS NEWS GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A black nurse has sued Spectrum Health System after, she said, officials granted a white patient’s request for no black caregivers. Michelle Acklen, who was working for Spectrum Health through Cross Country Staffing, said she was re-assigned patients numerous times until her assignment ended in July. Spectrum Health said it does not allow patients to choose caregivers based solely on race or other characteristics. “(Acklen) felt harassed, humiliated and discriminated against as a result of the segregation of her job dutiesRead More

Morehouse College Announces New President

By Michael Harriot, The Root   Morehouse College President David A. Thomas (courtesy of Morehouse College) After a tumultuous year that included three different presidents, a lawsuit filed by members of the Student Government Association and a change in the entire leadership of the institution, Morehouse College has named David A. Thomas as its 12th president. Thomas is the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior studies and a master’s degree in philosophy in organizational behavior, both from YaleRead More

After Freddie Gray, Marilyn Mosby Intends to Keep on Fighting the Good Fight

  By Ericka Blount Danois, The ROOT Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby during a TV news interview Aug. 24, 2016, in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, where Freddie Gray was arrested (Larry French/Getty Images for BET Networks)   Marilyn Mosby is fighting new battles. She’s used to that. The Baltimore prosecutor—an African-American woman, putting her among the 1 percent of all elected prosecutors in the nation who are women of color—made a name for herself by doing what shouldn’t have been considered remarkable: prosecuting six police officers in the deathRead More

Five arrested in 1983 murder of Georgia black man Authorities in Georgia arrested five people Friday, including two law enforcement officers, in connection with a 1983 murder that investigators believe was racially motivated. Frankie Gebhardt, 59, and Bill Moore Sr., 58, were charged with murder in the death of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins. They were also charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing a body. Milner, Ga. police officer Lamar Bunn and his mother, 58-year-old Sandra Bunn, were charged with obstruction. Gregory Huffman, 47, a detention officer with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with obstruction andRead More

Tips to be Fit: What to do to prevent breast cancer

I want to thank everyone who came out to the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” Sunday. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you’re a woman and think your chance of getting breast cancer is 1 in a million, the fact is, it’s 1 in 8. About 182,000 American women developed breast cancer last year alone. It kills nearly 46,000 American women each year — roughly one every 12 minutes. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women.Read More

Report: How D.C. Can Help Its Black Population Stay In The City

Photo by Elvert Barnes DCist, BY CHRISTINA STURDIVANT IN NEWS D.C.’s black residents, who now make up less than half of the city’s population, are struggling to stay in a place that was once known as Chocolate City. As the District’s job market becomes more competitive, D.C. officials are not doing enough to assist its black residents—many of whom are unqualified for the positions, according to a new report. It also says that the city needs to advance housing initiatives to benefit black residents who are employed, but still struggle with D.C.’s high costs ofRead More

Does breast-feeding really decrease my cancer risk?

Health & Science   (Julia Yellow for The Washington Post/Julia Yellow for The Washington Post) By Erin Blakemore, The Washington Post For babies, the benefits of breast-feeding are clear: a stronger immune system, reduced risk for some chronic health conditions and a closer bond with mom. But does breast-feeding also protect women against breast cancer? Nursing has been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in both pre- and post-menopausal women. But, says Virginia Borges, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s young women’s breast cancer program, “it gets complicated fromRead More